Be safe in the dark
As the region inches closer to the Dec. 21 winter solstice and the shortest day of the year, the City of Vernon is reminding everyone to slow down and take care of each other on area roadways.
According to ICBC, pedestrian fatalities in BC increase 54 per cent between October and January.
“Collisions involving pedestrians are more likely to happen at intersections and during the fall and winter months,” said Anne Huisken, Active Transportation Coordinator for the City of Vernon. “We all play an important role in preventing collisions and keeping our roads safe, and there are many collective actions we can take to protect ourselves and other road users and ensure we all get home safely.”
Tips to getting around safely: When walking, cycling, or scootering around town, remember to ‘dress bright at night.’ Light coloured or reflective clothing will increase your visibility.
Use designated intersections to cross the road.
When approaching intersections, watch for turning vehicles. Make eye contact with drivers before proceeding to cross the road. Ensure pets are also visible. Attach a reflector or light to their collar & leash. For winter cycling and scootering, dress and ride for the conditions. When riding in the dark, as per the Motor Vehicle Act, bikes and scooters require a white headlight (at least 150 m visibility) mounted to the front, and a rear-facing red taillight or red reflector. Adjust your speed to the weather conditions. Studded winter tires are recommended for the colder months for […]
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